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How to Clean Your Kid's Plastic Toys

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You know the only way your kids room is going to get clean is if you do it yourself.  If you ask them to do it, they are just going to grab toys by the handful and throw them in the closet, drawers, bins or other containers.  But even when you cleans their rooms, the one thing you will overlook is one of the dirtiest and oldest things in it – the toys! 

Your kids probably have toys that they play with that are as old as them and sometimes as old you and even your parents and the odds are they have never been cleaned.  Just think about how many fingers and mouthshave been on those LEGOS, GI Joes, Barbies and Transformers.   

Apartment Therapy has provided an easy solution to cleaning up the toys the next time it’s time to clean up the rooms. 

  • Building blocks, LEGOS, large non electronic plastic toys can generally be washed in the dishwasher. Simply use a mesh bag or colander and wash in the upper drawer. It is recommended to use 1/4 cup of baking soda instead of detergent in this case, and let them air dry rather than using the heat setting. Of course you can hand wash them as well using warm water and dishwashing detergent. Let the toys soak for a few minutes before scrubbing using a sponge.
  • Toys with electronic components can be washed with a soft cloth and a spray bottle of white vinegar. Spray the toy and wipe clean, let it dry.
  • To remove mold from bath toys, you can soak them in white vinegar overnight. If it looks like it needs another round, soak them in warm water overnight with a denture tablet and rinse thoroughly the next day.

If you have a classic vintage toy that might require a little extra care then this video might be able to help you. 

Source: Apartment Therapy 
Image credits: Flickr user Jim Bauer under CC BY 2.0)

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